A BURTON brewery has proposed cutting up to £9,000 workers’ pay, as part of on-going negotiations between the company and union representatives, according to a letter leaked to the Mail.
In the letter signed by Tracey Ashworth-Davies, human resources director at Molson Coors, the company has proposed creating a two-tier pay structure for technician and operator jobs.
The letter said workers will then be re-graded according to their skills with 100 remaining on the higher wage, believed to be around £30,000.
The 184 remaining technician workers could have £9,000 cut from their salaries, the letter said.
The letter also said workers could have shifts altered, with the ‘additional or removal of hours or shift with a minimum of 23 hours notice.’
Workers would also be required to available for work by being ‘on-call’ to work ‘unplanned hours’.
The proposals are part of negotations between the company and Unite union, as they attempt to thrash out a deal.
The Mail has repeatedly asked Molson Coors to confirm or deny reports of pay and job cuts at the site.
But this letter is the first time details have emerged which appear to clarify proposals put to the workforce.
In the letter, Ms Ashworth-Davies said Molson Coors was taking its obligations for consultation ‘very seriously’.
But she added: “If we are unable to reach agreement during the consultation period or identify alternatives options…this could lead to the termination of employee’s contracts and the offer of re-engagement on new terms.”
One employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was ‘devastated’ by what the company is proposing.
He said: “Nobody is happy about the money aspect of things.
“I have always enjoyed my job but I am bitter and twisted to be honest and it’s not just me.
“Management seems hell bent on destroying us. I’m devastated to be honest – I really am.”
“I’m frightened because I just don’t know what will happen.”